The 26 Best Toys for 18-Month-Olds of 2019

Gifts to bring them joy

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First Look

Fisher-Price Bright Beats Dance & Move BeatBo at Amazon

"This dancing robot is ready to play and teach."

LEGO DUPLO My First Number Train at Amazon

"A great way to get kids on board with building."

Melissa & Doug Pets Jumbo Knob Wooden Puzzle at Amazon

"Helps little ones build fine-motor and problem-solving skills."

Melissa & Doug Turtle Ball Pit at Amazon

"When playtime is over, the balls zip right up in the turtle’s shell."

VTech Sit-To-Stand Learning Walker at Amazon

"Features piano keys, a shape sorter, and more."

Comfylife 2 x Mesh Bath Toy Organizer at Amazon

"Comes with floating letters and numbers."

Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes Musical Toy at Amazon

"Plays seven different melodies."

VTech Musical Rhymes Book at Amazon

"The pages are easy to turn for little fingers."

Step2 Play Ball Fun Climber With Slide at Amazon

"Has lots of space for little ones to play."

Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Servin' Up Fun Food Truck at Amazon

"Helps teach important developmental skills."

Our Top Picks

Fisher-Price Bright Beats Dance & Move BeatBo

Little ones can move to the music with BeatBo. This dancing robot from Fisher-Price is ready to play and teach kids a thing or two along the way. It has three modes of play and introduces skills like letters, colors, numbers, and more, while a customized sing-a-long lets parents record a tune or phrase of their own. 

LEGO DUPLO My First Number Train

Legos are a childhood staple, and this Duplo counting train set is a great way to get kids on board with building fun. It features a moving train, numbered blocks, and figures for lots of pretend play

Melissa & Doug Pets Jumbo Knob Wooden Puzzle

This sweet and simple puzzle from Melissa & Doug helps little ones build fine-motor and problem-solving skills. Made of wood, it features a dog, a cat, and a bird, with wooden handles that are easy for little fingers to grasp. 

Melissa & Doug Turtle Ball Pit

This gift is literally a ball—or rather about 60 of them. They all come ready to play in this adorable, plush turtle that serves as a ball pit. When playtime is over, the balls zip right up in the turtle’s shell.

VTech Sit-To-Stand Learning Walker

Whether walking behind it or sitting in front of it, this walker from VTech is full of fun. It features piano keys, a shape sorter, a pretend telephone, and more along with lights and music for endless entertainment.

Comfylife 2 x Mesh Bath Toy Organizer

Bathtime will be a blast with this set that’s perfect for tubby time fun. It comes with floating letters and numbers, bath toys, and a mesh bag that sticks to the wall for easy cleanup and storage.

Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes Musical Toy

This is one fun rattle. It plays seven different melodies while the caterpillar handle has beads to rattle along with the beat. It’s great for teething and all-around musical fun.

VTech Musical Rhymes Book

It’s time to rhyme with this fun book from VTech, which is full of interactive fairy tales, music, and learning activities. The pages are easy to turn for little fingers, and they’re made of sturdy plastic, so you don’t have to worry about rips.

Step2 Play Ball Fun Climber With Slide

For lots of active fun, there’s this set from Step2. It comes with a slide, a maze ball drop with 10 balls, and a crawl-through space below. Made of sturdy plastic, it’s durable enough to be used indoors or out.

Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Servin' Up Fun Food Truck

This set from Fisher-Price serves up the fun. From a sink, grill, and food prep area to a magical cash register and recycling bin, it’s designed to foster lots of imaginative play. More than 125 songs, sounds, tunes, and phrases help teach important developmental skills too.

POCO DIVO 6-ft Play Tunnel Kids Tent Children Pop-up Toy Tube

This pop-up tunnel is sure to be a hit with little ones. It folds up in a snap and comes with a carrying case, so it can be easily taken to the beach, park, or anywhere else you want to have fun on the go. 

Fisher-Price Little People World of Animals See 'n Say

Fisher Price

Fisher Price

The Little People See ‘n Say is a fun take on the classic toy that’s just the right size for little hands to explore. It features two pages of animals, and when kids turn the arrow to one they hear the name of the animal and the sound it makes. If they turn it to a musical note they’ll hear sweet songs about animals.

Labradoodle Plush Nursery Rocker

Labradoodle rocker

Pottery Barn Kids

Soft and sweet as can be, this plush labradoodle rocker will play a starring role in any room. For an extra-special touch, you can have it personalized with their name.

Personalized Busy Board

Personalized Busy Board

 Magic Rabbit Toy

There’s a lot going on with this board, which is designed to keep little ones busy. There are locks and switches, buckles, bows, and more, all of which can help them build those fine-motor and problem-solving skills.

VTech Smart Shots Sports Center

Little ones will go crazy for this sports center. It features both a basketball hoop and a soccer net as well as balls for each. Score!

Playskool Sit ‘n Spin Classic Spinning Activity Toy

This classic toy will make them simply dizzy with delight. It’s great for active, indoor fun, with no batteries or electricity necessary—just good, old-fashioned kid power needed to make this one go, go, go.

Keep your little one moving with the best active toys for toddlers.

Battat Big Red Barn Animal Farm Playset

No matter where you live, some farmyard time is always fun, and this classic set delivers it. It comes complete with a toy barn as well as some animal friends.

Kidzlane Color Matching Egg Set

There are at least a dozen reasons parents and kids love this pretend egg set, including the fact that it helps them learn numbers, colors, and more. It comes with 12 plastic eggs, each of which can be cracked to reveal various colors and pegs with corresponding holes. A carton is included as well for easy cleanup and storage.

VTech Pull and Sing Puppy

This puppy will win their hearts with its cute and playful games, music, and activities. Little ones can push it, pull it and take it on endless adventures as it helps them learn numbers, colors, body parts, and more. 

Prextex Dinosaur Volcano House with 5 Plush Dinosaurs

For a roaring good time, there’s this set from Prextex. It comes with a volcano and five plush dinosaurs to take their imaginative play back to prehistoric times. 

Bao Bao Learns Chinese

This fun book gives them a leg up when it comes to learning a language. In this case, it’s Chinese, as Bao Bao the panda teaches them basic Chinese with classic nursery rhyme songs.

Fisher-Price Little People Songs & Sounds Camper

This camping set from Fisher-Price takes their pretend play into the great outdoors. From sing-along songs and phrases to a glowing campfire, there are countless ways to play. It comes with three Little People figures too.

VTech Brilliant Baby Laptop

Just like mom and dad, little ones can tap away at their laptop keys, only theirs produces a lot more fun. It teaches an array of skills too, including shapes, animal sounds, opposites, and more.

Melissa & Doug Shapes Chunky Puzzle

This colorful wooden puzzle is a great way for kids to learn their shapes. It features eight different pieces, each one chunky and sturdy and the perfect size for little fingers to work on those important fine motor skills.

Little Tikes Cozy Coupe 30th Anniversary Car

Oh the places they’ll go in this cute little car from Little Tikes. It’s designed to be toddler tough, and it has fun, realistic features like an ignition switch and a gas cap that opens and closes. A floorboard lets mom or dad push little ones, and when they’re ready, it can be removed so little legs can power the ride.

Take a peek at our roundup of the best ride-on toys for kids.

Fat Brain Toys Dimpl

Bright, colorful, and a bit unusual looking, the Dimpl is a ton of sensory fun. The silicone bubbles can be popped back and forth, which is super satisfying, and kids and adults alike just can’t seem to put it down once they get started. 

Our Process

Our writers spent 5 hours researching the most popular gifts for 18-month-olds on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 40 different gifts overall, screened options from 35 different brands and manufacturers, read over 150 user reviews (both positive and negative), and tested 5 of the gifts for 18-month-olds themselves. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.

What to Look for in a Toy for an 18-Month-Old

Safety: When it comes to toys, safety should come first. Look for ones that don’t contain harmful chemicals, don’t pose choking hazards, and don’t have sharp edges. Beyond that, you also want toys that are well-made and can stand up to lots of playing time, especially if you plan to hand those toys down to younger siblings or friends. 

Physicality: If getting your toddler moving is your goal, there are a ton of fun toys that'll do the trick. Whether it teaches them walking skills or helps them burn some of that toddler energy, there are plenty of options.

Learning: The best way for kids to learn is to do so through play. Simple toys can teach lessons like cause and effect, while others are designed to teach specific like letters, numbers, and more. Your child’s interests and abilities should drive your choices.

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